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Vacheron Constantin / Verger Frères
A RARE AND IMPORTANT ONYX, NEPHRITE, LAPIS LAZULI AND GOLD DESK TIMEPIECE, RETAILED BY PERERA JOYERO, MADRID CIRCA 1929 MVT 407745 CASE 11089
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 98,500 USD
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Vacheron Constantin / Verger Frères
A RARE AND IMPORTANT ONYX, NEPHRITE, LAPIS LAZULI AND GOLD DESK TIMEPIECE, RETAILED BY PERERA JOYERO, MADRID CIRCA 1929 MVT 407745 CASE 11089
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 98,500 USD
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Vacheron Constantin / Verger Frères
A RARE AND IMPORTANT ONYX, NEPHRITE, LAPIS LAZULI AND GOLD DESK TIMEPIECE, RETAILED BY PERERA JOYERO, MADRID CIRCA 1929 MVT 407745 CASE 11089
• nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • gold dial, chapter ring within a scalloped frame with stylized gold Arabic numerals and centered by a gold rosette medallion, outlined by black enamel stringing, gold spandrels • gold bezel, carved onyx case with fixed gold bands terminating in lapis lazuli studs, the back of the clock composed of black enamel and fitted with retailer’s plaque, raised on nephrite columns surmounted on a rectangular onyx base repeating the gold band decoration, the base further cornered by lapis lazuli studs, all raised on nephrite block feet, the whole surmounted by a carved lapis lazuli winding crown • movement signed Vacheron Constantin, case signed by retailer, case further stamped VF for Verger Frères


height 12 cm, width 9.4 cm, depth 4.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by its original fitted presentation case signed by Perera Joyero, Madrid. Further with its original Vacheron Constantin numbered certificate stamped VF for Verger Frères. 

The present lot is of particular note for its unparalleled aesthetic qualities and condition. It is fascinating and extremely rare to find a piece nearly 100 years old retaining its original presentation case and certificate. 

Interestingly, the document confirms that the piece was made specifically for Monsieur Prudencio Perera, Madrid, the owner of the esteemed Perero Joyero firm, located at Avenida de Jose Antonio, Madrid. Don Perera was a well-known figure in his community and was President of the Madrid Guild of Jewelers and Silversmiths.

Between 1880 and 1930, Vacheron Constantin worked in close collaboration with Verger Frères, a renowned French firm who was known to be the Paris representative of Vacheron Constantin. In this partnership, Vacheron Constantin would create movements, and upon arrival in Paris, Verger Frères would case them in watch and clock cases.

Many of the finest clocks known in the Art Deco period were collaborations by these two celebrated firms. These pieces made brilliant use of carved hardstones, favoring Eastern-themed motifs. Additional items from this collaboration were also retailed in many of the other fine jewelry salons of the era, such as Tiffany & Co., Lacloche Frères, Ostertag, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Black, Starr & Frost.

For similar examples made by Verger Frères for Vacheron Constantin, see Cologni, F., Secrets of Vacheron Constantin, p. 330.  See also pieces on view in the summer 2011 exhibition 'Treasures of Vacheron Constantin: A Legacy of Watchmaking since 1755', held at the National Museum of Singapore. These pieces are illustrated on pp. 179-181 of the exhibition catalogue. 

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